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Swaziland plans to relocate 18 elephants to American zoos

Swaziland is planning to transfer 18 wild elephants in a Boeing 747 plane to United States in order to relocate them to three American zoos. In exchange, the zoos will be contributing $450,000 to a wildlife conservation trust in Swaziland for rhinos.

Moscow slams UN chief for Syria comments

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry on Monday criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over his claim that Russian air strikes in Syria had undermined last week's peace talks to end the country's five-year war.

David Bowie's wife of 24 years breaks month-long silence

Iman, Somali supermodel and David Bowie's wife of 24 years, broke her almost month-long silence on February 8, to thank fans for their support after Bowie's death. "Love & gratitude,” she posted on Instagram.

Syria rebels squeezed on multiple fronts

Birut - Rebels in northern Syria were under attack on multiple fronts Monday from Russian-backed regime forces, advancing Kurdish militia and Islamic State group jihadists.

Leopard injures five at Indian school

Bangalore - A male leopard which strayed into a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore injured five people during an hours-long attempt to catch the beast, a wildlife official said.

Anger as Italy presses Egypt over student's slaying

Rome - Italy demanded Monday that Egypt help ensure the killers of an Italian student are brought to justice, as Cairo rejected charges that the security forces were involved.

Tamil Nadu meteorite death could be first in 200 years

Tamil Nadu scientists are now investigating the death of a man in Vellore, declared to have been killed by a falling meteorite.

Facebook's plan to give free Internet to the poor banned in India

Facebook's Free Basics program, a plan to give people in developing countries free access to the Internet, has been banned in India amid concerns that it violates net neutrality regulations. Facebook has come under fire for prioritizing content types.

Canada to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria this month

Ottawa - Canada announced Monday it will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22, fulfilling a campaign promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Review: We can’t get enough 'Jason Bourne' — Trailer

Known for his nice guy good looks and emotionally driven dramatic projects, Matt Damon is back in the role that made him an action bad boy. Let’s go one more round with ‘Jason Bourne.’

German mayor blames young girls for 'provoking' migrants

The mayor of a small German town caused outrage when he suggested young girls should not provoke migrants by passing a refugee centre while walking to school.

Study shows cats may have been domesticated more than once

The rise of the domesticated house cat may have been inevitable, according to a new study that found ancient Chinese farmers were domesticating leopard cats 5,000 years ago, a different species from cats domesticated in the Middle East 10,000 years ago.

Police: Dog starved by owner continues to slowly improve Special

Pittsburgh - A three-year-old Pitt Bull mix that was being starved by her owner and who was rescued by a Pittsburgh police officer along with a humane society officer, is making slow progress in her recovery, according to one of the officers involved in the case.

Zimbabwe: All the diamonds in the world can't help the starving

Surrounded by diamond fields, villagers in Eastern Zimbabwe are starving as their world turns to red dust. They are not alone in their desperation, as the country continues to suffer under the ravages of the worst El Nino in nearly two decades.

Libya seeks extra week to form unity govt under UN deal

Tripoli - Libya's presidential council said Monday it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial line-up.

Review: Aventura and Romeo Santos delight at United Palace Theater Special

On Feb. 7, bachata band Aventura performed a sold-out headlining show at United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, New York.

Op-Ed: Members of HoR meet in Tobruk to vote on GNA today

Tobruk - Six more members of the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR) in Libya who have been boycotting sessions arrived in Tobruk to participate in the upcoming vote on the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).

Iraq deploying thousands of troops to retake Mosul

Kirkuk - The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group's hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday.

Passengers on bombed Somalia plane 'meant for Turkish Airlines'

Nairobi - A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief said Monday.

Beyonce to perform at Citi Field as part of Formation World Tour

Flushing - Pop and R&B superstar Beyonce has announced"The Formation World Tour," which will include a tour stop at New York's Citi Field.
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